Open Research

Open Research Prize 2020


The University of Bristol supports open research, in all its forms, as reflected in our revised promotion criteria and broad commitment to transparency in research. As part of this, we have launched an Open Research Prize, which is now open to submissions from all researchers (including postgraduate research students) in all disciplines across the university.

Submissions should take the form of a case study of no more than two pages, using the template provided (see Annex 1: Case study template). Each case study should describe one or more of the open practices listed below. We are particularly keen to encourage submissions from postgraduate research students and early career researchers.

Submissions should be sent to:

The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on Friday 29th January 2021.

A panel of judges will initially assess all applications, and short-listed applications will be invited to present their case studies at a virtual conference open to all members of the University. Attendees will vote for the best case study.

Two prizes of £100 each will be awarded in categories (t.b.c., but may include, for example, separate prizes for postgraduate research students, early career researchers, etc.). Short-listed case studies will be posted on the University of Bristol research webpage.

Open Practices

  • using publication under an open license to disseminate research outputs (this may include a range of outputs – publications, data, software code, web resources, etc.);
  • disseminating research findings as a preprint, either independently of formal submission to a journal, or as part of a journal’s open peer review procedure;
  • providing an open peer review of a manuscripts submitted under a formal peer review process managed by a publisher;
  • creating a public preregistration of a study design, or publishing a study as a Registered Report (;
  • incorporating open and participatory methods in the design and conduct of research (e.g., using open notebook methods, running a ‘citizen science’ project, etc.);
  • introducing open research concepts and practices into teaching and learning at an undergraduate or postgraduate level;
  • creating new tools or technologies (e.g., code, apps) to facilitate open research (e.g., combining or repurposing datasets and other research outputs, or for mining content);
  • undertaking activities to develop the environment for open research (e.g. engaging in high-profile advocacy, participating in community initiatives, etc.);
  • publishing a data or software paper.

In addition, applicants will need to provide:

Shortlisting will be based on factors such as the extent to which case studies demonstrates a comprehensive and integrated approach to open research throughout a project, or the application of open research practices in a field where this is not commonplace.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property will remain with the originator of the case study. If the case study describes work that should not yet be placed in the public domain, the originator may request that, if short-listed, it not be posted on the University of Bristol research web page.

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